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2021 Honda Gold Wing

POSTED: 09/06/2021

The Gold Wing’s engine and chassis were designed in unison for the 2018 rebirth, to move the riding position forward and create a much more compact motorcycle. The aluminium beam frame is constructed around a double wishbone front fork, which allows the engine to sit forward in the machine – as the front wheel moves up and down in a more vertical plane – while providing high quality suspension control and front-end stability thanks to its stiffness and reduced friction.

Optimised for size, the 24V flat six-cylinder engine lost none of its power, avalanche of torque or addictive power delivery. The addition of Throttle By Wire (TBW) control brought with it 4 rider modes: TOUR, SPORT, ECON and RAIN; the operation of the Dual Combined Brake System (D-CBS) alters depending on the mode selected. Hill Start Assist (HSA) and (on the DCT option) Idling Stop offer ease of use and improved fuel efficiency.

 

The manual transmission is 6-speed, while DCT features 7 speeds, with clutch feel, shift speed and rpm range of up/downshifts tailored specifically to each riding mode. It also features a ‘creep’ forward and back function. The manual machine employs the same electric reverse system as featured on previous designs.

The Gold Wing offers a total sense of freedom, with sheer riding enjoyment and performance matched by stylish design. An aerodynamically efficient fairing channels air around the rider, while the electric screen adjusts for preference; the luxurious seats offer all-day comfort. The lightweight audio system and speakers show off newly upgraded sound quality. And features like Smart Key operation, Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and Bluetooth™ provide modern-day convenience and connectivity.

The 2021 GL1800 Gold Wing is available in a contemporary new Pearl Deep Mud Grey colour scheme, with orange accents on the front fender, engine cover, headlight surround, fuel tank and rear section.

Styling & Equipment

  • Taut lines with a contemporary edge show off the motorcycle underneath
  • Electric windscreen adjustable for angle and height
  • Cruise control operates smoothly via Throttle By Wire (TBW)
  • Ample luggage capacity for weekend touring
  • 7-inch TFT display provides riding, navigation and audio information
  • Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ allow smartphone use
  • Full LED lighting and auto-cancelling indicators
  • Smart Key control adds convenience for ignition and luggage
  • Two USB Type-C sockets

Engine

  • Horizontally-opposed, flat six-cylinder SOHC 24-valve engine
  • Throttle By Wire (TBW) with 4 rider modes to tailor power output
  • Riding modes also manage suspension damping and brake force
  • Idling Stop and Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) on DCT version
  • Hill Start Assist (HSA)
  • 6-speed manual gearbox with assist/slipper clutch and electric reverse; 7 speed DCT gearbox

Chassis

  • Die-cast, aluminium twin-beam frame
  • Double wishbone front suspension and Pro-Arm rear
  • ABS and Dual-Combined Braking System (D-CBS)

Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)

  • Third-generation 7-speed DCT
  • Smooth and quiet, with ultra-fast shifting
  • Walking mode allows machine to ‘creep’ forward or back
  • The 4 riding modes also manage DCT for optimised response
  • Optimised low speed manoeuvrability

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